The Westboro Baptist Church, best known for protesting the funerals of fallen soldiers, is reportedly planning to picket recently deceased actor Robin Williams’ funeral.
Fortunately, another group has come up with the perfect way to fight back.
Robin Williams is set to be buried in a private funeral near his home in San Francisco, and according to reports, the Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at his funeral. The group is known for their extreme beliefs and frequently staging protests in which they hold up crazy signs that make no sense to anyone.
The exact reason why the WBC plans to protest the late actor’s funeral isn’t really clear (some suggest it's because of his role in Mrs. Doubtfire, if you can believe it), but Planting Peace, a universally respected organization, has announced that they plan to challenge the protests with a fundraiser.
"Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people’s lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list," said Aaron Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace, to the Huffington Post. "His appeal crossed generational boundaries. I was personally impacted when I heard of his passing. This is a small gesture to honor his legacy and the difference he made to so many. When the WBC announced they were protesting Robin’s funeral, we felt like launching a fundraiser for a charity Robin loved would be the perfect way to honor him and counteract the message of hate and intolerance that the WBC continues to convey.”
The money from the fundraiser, which is a crowdsourcing project with a goal of $30,000, will reportedly go to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
There is really no better way to fight back against the incoherent, irrational hatred that WBC has for Williams than by using the event to raise money for a charity he loved.
Sources: IJReview, Huffington Post, Philly.com